If you or a loved one developed cancer after taking Zantac, you may be able to pursue legal action. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement reporting that Zantac and other ranitidine medication contained high levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical that is found to cause cancer and other health complications. Zantac and ranitidine were recalled from retailers nationwide.
Two elements that may make you eligible to sue Zantac include:
- A history of taking Zantac as indicated on the label
- A diagnosis of cancer or another severe health condition
You may be able to file alongside evolving mass torts or pursue damages independently. Speaking with a legal professional can further determine your eligibility for moving forward with financial compensation.
Pursuing Damages Involves Little Financial Risk
Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they do not get paid until the conclusion of one’s case. This appeals to a wide audience of potential clients, as this practice involves no upfront costs or fees. Additionally, this may provide an extra incentive to your legal team to go the extra mile or otherwise risk not getting paid.
At the conclusion of your case, if you are awarded damages or reach an out-of-court agreement, the liable party will send a check to your lawyer. From there, your lawyer will take out their wages, and then give you the remaining amount. According to the American Bar Association, lawyers will usually work for 33% of the amount recovered. However, this varies from firm to firm.
When you start your working relationship with your legal team, you will be given documents outlining what services you can expect and how payment will be received. You should read over these contracts carefully; signing any documents that do not provide written clarity regarding cost may work to your disadvantage in the future.
You May Have a Limited Time to Sue Zantac
Depending on where you live will determine how long you have to pursue civil action. Seeking damages against the manufacturer of Zantac falls under product liability, which is a form of personal injury law. For example, in Florida, the statute of limitations for product liability gives four years to move forward with legal proceedings. However, depending on the details of your case, as well as other mandates implemented by the state, this timeline may vary. Promptly seeking the guidance of a legal professional can explain what these regulations mean for your situation.
Your Lawyer Will Need to Prove Negligence
If you sue Zantac, the focal point of your case is negligence. Any pharmaceutical company which releases a drug that has the potential of causing harm is a clear violation of their duty of care. By allowing Zantac to enter the market, your legal team will need to prove that the negligent party knew (or should have known) that their product could cause adverse health complications in its users.
If you sue Zantac, your lawyer will need to demonstrate:
- The drug company undertook a duty of care by distributing Zantac to the general public
- The company in question violated their duty of care by allowing a potentially hazardous drug to enter the marketplace
- Zantac has caused you or a loved one to develop cancer or another serious health condition
- As a result of your diagnosis, your quality of life has been greatly impacted, and your condition has resulted in otherwise avoidable expenses
Harvard Health Publishing notes that Zantac was designed only to be used on an “as needed” basis. Yet, some people with chronic heartburn heavily relied on this medication for relief, and as a result, may be at an increased risk of developing health complications. If you or a loved one took Zantac, you should speak with a medical professional to evaluate your physical wellbeing. You may be able to sue Zantac. Even if you display no symptoms of health issues, your doctor may want to monitor your condition for any concerning changes.
Services Your Legal Team Can Provide
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine want to help you hold the makers of Zantac responsible for their egregious negligence. We believe that nobody should have their life turned upside down because a corporation failed to provide safe products.
Some of the legal services our team can provide involve:
- Speaking with you in person or over the phone about your case in a free initial consultation
- Analyzing whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Zantac based on your medical history and dosage
- Explaining your legal rights so you can make informed decisions throughout the litigation process
- Advocating for your rights from the beginning
- Compiling a list that names your economic and noneconomic damages
We are eager to help you either pursue an independent Zantac lawsuit or join a mass tort. We proudly operate on a contingency basis. This means as we mentioned before, that there is no cost for our services until we successfully get you the compensation you need. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733.